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Our annual silent retreat provides an opportunity to be quiet and feel God’s presence. In 2017, we are back in the welcoming and comfortable setting of St. Mary's Monastery, Kinnoull beside Perth.


The retreat is run mid-week from Tuesday  afternoon to Thursday after lunch in the Spring of each year.  The next retreat will be held from Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th April 2017. This is in the week following Easter Week.  


Our leader will be the Revd. Sister

Ann-Marie Stuart, Chaplain at Sherborne

Abbey in Dorset. Ann-Marie has been a

Franciscan nun since 1959. Since then,

her work has always been in teaching

or retreat work. She was ordained in 1999

and served in parish ministry in addition to

her previous work.

She served as Spirituality Adviser for

Carlisle Diocese where she was

responsible for teaching Spirituality and

leading courses for the whole diocese, including work with the clergy and those preparing for ordination. On retirement, she was invited back to Sherborne Abbey in Dorset where she had been ordained. She assists in the ministry of the Abbey, leading retreats and teaching Spirituality there and in other parishes.


Ann-Marie is planning to weave the Mothers’ Union theme for the year, ‘Faith in Action’, into the retreat alongside the use Celtic Christian Spirituality for the retreat talks. This form of Spirituality is so creative and so appropriate for today’s world and of course for Scotland. The ideas emerge from an ancient tradition, but one that is very special and very beautiful. She uses beautiful pictures to emphasise and/or explain what she shares. She likes to encourage discussion and comments to encourage people in their Christian lives. The idea is to enable those who come to share their own insights, which are so important. She says that each retreat turns out differently depending upon those who attend, since we are on a journey of faith together.

Ann-Marie is no stranger to Scotland. As a Stuart, she says her family lived in Scotland till the early 1600s! More recently she has undertaken a holiday ministry at St Michael & All Angels, Ballintuim in St Andrews Diocese along with her fellow nun, Sister Isabel.  They also spent a day with the MU in Dunblane at the invitation of our Provincial President, Jean Richardson.


The usual format of the retreat is to maintain silence in the building from around 8pm on Tuesday to around 12 noon on Thursday, though there are always areas reserved for those who want to talk during these times. As indicated above, Ann-Marie has said there will be time for discussion on the themes she shares. You are also free to be on your own if you wish.


Wednesday afternoon is free time to explore the area or use as you wish. There will also be an opportunity to talk to the leader on a one to one basis during this time.


St Mary’s has just completed a major refurbishment so that most rooms are single rooms with en-suite facilities. Four rooms have shared bathrooms with one bathroom to two rooms. The lift now goes to all floors. The cost of the retreat will be the same as last year at £165 for single en-suite rooms and £145 for those sharing a bathroom.


Please click here to go to the online application form where you can register for the Retreat.


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Previous Retreats


Please take a look at the pages for the previous Retreats to get an idea of what they are like and to look at the photo-galleries. We hope those who were there will enjoy the memories they bring back and we also hope they will encourage those who weren’t there to make a date to come to the 2017 Retreat.



2016 Retreat page...



2015 Retreat page...



2014 Retreat page...



2013 Retreat page...



2012 Retreat page...



2011 Retreat page...



2010 Retreat page...



2009 Retreat page...



Previous Years Retreats...



Photo Gallery around Kinnoull...



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